Starting the year off strong, Isla Cozumel, the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, saw a substantial growth in air passenger traffic to the island with visitor arrivals increasing by more than 22 percent over the previous year in January 2004 and more than 28 percent in February 2004, according to Mexican airport operator ASUR.
Meeting the continued demand for travel to
Isla Cozumel, US Airways had increased the number of direct flights to the island, starting fall 2003, and American Airlines began brand new service to the destination Jan. 31, 2004.
With the addition of the new flights, Cozumel continues to experience tremendous growth in the number of visitors to the island and for January/ February 2004 reports an increase in hotel occupancy of more than 25 percent over the same period in 2003.
In February 2004 alone, the island was close to full capacity with occupancy levels averaging more than 85 percent for the month.
“With its close proximity to the U.S., beautiful beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, and authentic Mayan roots, it’s no wonder people are looking to Cozumel this year for the perfect island getaway,” said Gaston Cantarell Diaz, president of the Isla Cozumel Hotel Association and private sector representative for the tourism foundation.
“We are thrilled to see that more and more travelers are choosing Isla Cozumel as their vacation destination and are proud that we can offer a unique vacation experience, with a range of accommodations, activities and attractions, for every traveler.”